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Of Mice and Writers: Writing about Non-Human Animals

$130.00
Members
$150.00
Non-members
Friday, February 1st, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

For as long as stories have existed, humans have included non-human animals in their tales (or should I say... tails). From Anansi the Spider to Aesop's fables, from E.B. White's pig to Jean Craighead George's wolves, from Helen Macdonald's hawk to Samantha Irby's cat to Sy Montgomery's octopus to Porochista Khakpour's dog, animals show up in all forms of literature: fiction and nonfiction, adult and children's, poetry and prose, ancient and contemporary. This session will explore how authors approach writing about animals, both domesticated and wild, in both fiction and nonfiction, and address some of the common questions that come up when writing about non-humans: avoiding sentimentality, grappling with anthropomorphism, and developing animal characters that are more than thinly-veiled allegories. In addition to reading literary excerpts featuring animals, this session will include several writing exercises to help you tackle writing about your own feathered, scaly, or furry friend.

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Instructor

E.B. Bartels
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Elements

  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons

Genre

  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

Commitment Level

Low

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